It has been a long lead up to Seth's birthday. Especially given the fact that he doesn't understand time differences (months, days, weeks...) he has really been looking forward to this birthday. We kind of went with a balloon theme since that was one of his major requests.
Starting at the beginning of October, Seth and I created a pinata. This was something my mom did with us as kids and I loved it! So we mixed flour and water, dipped newspaper strips in that mix, and covered the balloon. After it dries it is stiff and you pop the balloon. We then covered it in tissue paper. We started trying to make the paper all puffy - Seth got about 5 papers in and was tired. So then I had him put them on just flat on the bottom half. He picked M&Ms for a treat and put them inside. It was a really fun project and I think we will make one again with the whole family for New Year's Eve.
This morning Seth woke up and came running to our room. He said, "It's my birthday. There are a whole bunch of balloons in my room - how did they get there?" It was really fun to do this surprise like some of our friends have done. We filled Seth's floor with balloons and have had fun playing with them all day. So we were off to a good start.
Seth and I baked his chocolate cake together in the morning. I decorated it later - again balloons.
At lunch we met Seth's friend Jade at McDonald's. So he got to eat chicken nuggets and chocolate milk and play for about 1 1/2 hours.
Steve came home a little early so Seth could open presents, including Alphie the toy robot. We had dinner - eggs, orange juice, and strawberries like he wanted. Then his friend Ansel (and his family) came over to break the pinata, eat ice cream and cake, and have fun.